Join us for a nice, easy slow poke stroll to the top of Mt. Rubidoux and beyond. We'll take the longer and gentler north loop and work our way to the top where we'll take a short break as we enjoy the amazing views. From there those who are interested can join us on an optional short hike across the "Mt Rubidoux Backbone" to the mysterious "Hidden Stone Benches" just a short walk down from the cross.
The Hidden Benches is an interesting side trek, but does involve climbing a boulder with a somewhat precarious drop, so it may not be for everyone. Those wishing to stay on the summit can hang out till we return from the benches, probably no more than 15-20 minutes. Once we regroup at the summit, we'll head back down the shorter loop.
We will start walking promptly at 10:00 AM.
PLEASE NOTE: PARKING COULD BE AN ISSUE! SO BE PREPARED TO PARK DOWN THE STREET OR IN THE PARKING LOT. THE WALK UP FROM YOUR CAR IS EXTRA CREDIT...
This hike is also featured in Afoot and Afield Inland Empire by David and Jennifer Money Harris. Here's an excerpt from their hike description:
Mt. Rubidoux is a prominent granite hill located west of downtown Riverside and south of the Santa Ana River. The mountain is named for Louis Rubidoux, who settled the area in the mid-1800s, but it was Frank Miller, one of Riverside’s early promoters and the builder of the historic Mission Inn, who transformed Mt. Rubidoux from an anonymous bump to a much-loved and inspirational park.
There are two paved trails that wind up the mountain like intertwined corkscrews. The gentle route is 2 miles long and loops the mountain twice, while the steeper route is 1 mile and loops the mountain only once. The two trails intersect twice.
Distance: 3.3 miles (loop)
Hiking Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Source: Money Harris, David; Money Harris, Jennifer (2010-03-12). Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide (http://amzn.to/1egG5lQ) (Kindle Locations 3771-3774). Wilderness Press. Kindle Edition.
From the 91 Freeway exit on 14th Steet and head north. Follow 14th Street past the cemetary and turn left on Glenwood Drive. After passing the Frank Miller Memorial Park sign, park along the street wherever you can find a spot. We will be waiting at the rock wall by the sign.
Do not leave valuables in your parked car.
Waiver of Liability Disclaimer: Please read before signing up for this event.
These organizers are not professional hikers or trained leaders and are not medically trained to handle emergencies. Please carry a personal medical emergency kit and any medications you need. Hiking is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to serious injuries including but not limited to slip and fall injuries, fractures, rattlesnake bites, heat exhaustion, poison oak, ticks and frostbite. By participating in this event/hike you agree to not hold these organizers liable for any harm that may come to you, your guests, or your property. Always remember to let the event organizer know if you are leaving the group. Stay on the trail, never hike alone and use you own common sense.